Erik Osterrieder has been an intellectual property attorney for 18 years subsequent to obtaining a B.S. in chemistry, cum laude, at the University of Louisville, undertaking graduate studies in nuclear chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and obtaining his law degree at the University of Dayton.

His IP experience includes:  drafting and prosecuting hundreds of domestic and foreign patent, trademark and copyright applications; lodging and defending against European patent oppositions, as well as trademark oppositions and cancellations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board; and handling reexaminations, reissues, post-issuance procedures, and appeals before both the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

A sample of Erik’s undertaken technologies include work for Fortune 50 companies to individuals in:  aviation, business methods, chemistry (including significant experience in polymer chemistry), computational fluid dynamics, computer hardware and software, electronics and electrical systems, gaming, GUI applications, geophysical exploration, instrumentation, manufacturing processes, mechanical arts, medical systems, optics, power systems, physics, telecommunications and wireless systems.

Erik also provides advice and tools, e.g., opinion work of various types:  (1) patentability (typically whether an invention is patentable based on prior art search results); (2) non-infringement (typically whether infringement exists based on a specific patent about which the client is aware); (3) freedom-to-operate or clearance; (4) invalidity (whether a patent is valid or not based on a search); (5) registrability (whether a mark is or is not registrable), and others.

In addition to having litigated IP matters in all four federal districts in Texas, Erik routinely drafts and reviews assignments, licenses, non-disclosure agreements, joint venture, contracts, and other agreements.

In his spare time, Erik and his spouse enjoy travelling, having dinner with friends, and spending time with their dogs.